Jehan Nia Muhammad was born on December 3, 1985 in Kinston, North Carolina. Her family relocated to Raleigh when she was five years old. Her father was a jazz musician, a drummer and flute player, and an artist and was somewhat prevelant in the 50's and 60's amongst several notable jazz musicians in North Carolina. He was the drum player on Billy Stewart's rendition of "Summertime". Jehan began writing poetry in 2002 at the age of 16. About a year later she began turning the poems into songs and then into raps. She began rapping in 2005 when one of her producers informed her that she was a better rapper than singer. She cites her biggest influences as Lauryn Hill, The Fugees, Bob Marley, Tupac, Nas, DMX, Jay-Z, Sade, Beyonce and Pharrell Williams. Jehan says her music is mostly inspired by truth and her own life experiences. Her emotional, conscious and revolutionary lyrics gives her music an organic feel. Jehan refers to her style as "abstract". With such eccentric beats and melodies and a unique way of riding any beat that she hears it is a perfect description. Jehan is going places in hip-hop that no other female rapper has gone. With her heavy lyrical content and confident delivery, she can definitely go head to head, tooth and nail with some of the best in the industry. Jehan auditioned to be a back-up dancer for Beyonce in 2006 in Atlanta but did not make the cut. She writes all her lyrics and also writes songs of all genres. Jehan is also a visual artist. She released her debut mixtape "humble beginnings" on April 20, 2013 on Datpiff.com.